VCON & Industry Leaders Launch Karyo* Initiative to Offer Service Providers Hosted IP Videoconferencing

Service Providers Gain New Revenue Generating Application; End Customers

Obtain a Complete Videoconferencing Solution Without Capital Expenditures



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from VCON

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- VCON, a
 leader in comprehensive networked video over IP solutions, today announced
 that it is accelerating the hosted IP video market for service providers and
 broadband IP carriers throughout North America by bringing together industry
 experts to form its Karyo(TM) initiative.  VCON created Karyo to target the
 diverse service provider market offering a comprehensive solution for the
 deployment of IP video networks that includes interactive videoconferencing
 hardware, software and services.  Industry specialists currently joining VCON
 as Karyo members are Activate, MegaPath, RADVISION, V-SPAN and VTEL Solutions.
     "As Internet and application service providers struggle to differentiate
 their offerings from competitors, interactive and streaming video stand out as
 high demand applications that companies and organizations of all sizes can
 choose to outsource," states Roopam Jain, industry analyst at Frost &
 Sullivan.  "Karyo will make it easier for service providers to purchase a
 total solution and to gain the expertise they would require to deploy a
 specialty application such as video."
     The lack of quality bandwidth, the critical need for video network
 management tools and the absence of a turn-key solution have prohibited many
 carriers and service providers from leveraging existing market opportunities
 for outsourced video applications.  VCON's Karyo initiative combines leading
 technology and services from the member companies to provide a comprehensive
 solution for high quality video over IP and includes the following components:
 
     VCON - will provide its award-winning desktop and group videoconferencing
 endpoints and its recently announced Media Xchange Manager(TM) (MXM) systems
 management tool.  MXM is critical to the success of hosted video networks
 because it provides centralized management for multi-vendor platforms and
 video telephony services that simplify making a video call for the users.
 
     Activate - an industry leader in webcasting, offers end-to-end solutions
 that include content capture, encoding/production, content publishing and
 worldwide distribution.  Serving the enterprise and broadcast markets since
 1997, Activate can connect thousands of end points in a single session and
 provides the experience in large scale rollouts that the service provider
 market requires.
 
     MegaPath - a nationwide broadband services provider, is focused on
 providing DSL Internet connectivity and business solutions to small and
 medium-sized businesses, home offices, and telecommuters.  MegaPath will
 contribute to the Karyo initiative by providing the powerful, reliable, and
 secure Internet connectivity needed for video conferencing applications.
 MegaPath is in the top rank of business-class DSL service providers as
 reported by industry watch group www.DSLreports.com.
 
     RADVISION - is a leading provider of products and technology for real-time
 voice, video, and data communications over packet networks.  RADVISION offers
 the broadest set of networking systems needed to enable enterprises and
 service providers to migrate their traditional voice and video networks to new
 IP-centric ones.  RADVISION's networking products offered through the Karyo
 initiative include gateways, conferencing bridges, gatekeeper applications,
 and multi-function platforms for small, medium and large-scale networks.
 
     V-SPAN - offers a full suite of conferencing services including IP and
 ISDN gateway connectivity, webconferencing, audioconferencing and streaming.
 Through a portal powered by V-SPAN, Karyo service providers gain access to
 V-SPAN IP videoconferencing services.  Reservation-less web, audio and IP
 conferencing from V-SPAN will allow service providers to offer their customers
 the flexibility to create their own 'ad hoc' meetings.
 
     VTEL Solutions - is an expansive field service organization that will
 provide service providers throughout North America with turnkey video network
 consulting, installation, technical support and maintenance services on VCON's
 hardware and software solutions.
 
     "VCON recognized that carriers and service providers require ease of doing
 business when they are deploying complex applications such as video," states
 Gordon Daugherty, VCON senior vice president of Global Marketing & Strategy.
 "By coordinating all the pieces that go into creating a successful hosted
 video market, Karyo offers service providers the flexibility to tailor their
 video requirements to a variety of ASP or ISP business models."
     Karyo will continue to add new technologies and services based on
 alignment and integration with the current set of offerings.  Karyo will also
 work with its member companies to develop an initial specification for
 possible joint technology development in order to bring the various
 technologies and services even closer together.  In all cases, the Karyo
 initiative will revolve around open standards and interoperability.
     A Karyo web site, www.vcon.com/karyo, is currently available and will
 include information on member offerings as they become available.
 
     About VCON
     VCON is a developer and manufacturer of a comprehensive range of networked
 video over IP solutions.  VCON provides award-winning products with a high
 quality of service (QoS) over enterprise IP networks and is the only company
 to offer centralized management and administration for multi-vendor IP video
 networks.  The company also offers complete meeting solutions for desktop,
 compact, and group conferencing over ISDN, ATM, satellite, xDSL and other
 carriers.  The company markets its products and services through a network of
 reseller partners, OEMs, and value-added resellers worldwide.  Headquartered
 in Israel, VCON holds subsidiaries in the United States with offices in the
 Americas (Austin, Chicago, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Jose, Atlanta, Denver,
 Washington, DC and Mexico City), Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom and
 China.  VCON (Sicovam No. 022021) is publicly traded on Le Nouveau Marche.
 For additional information, visit www.vcon.com.
 
     Media Xchange Manager and Karyo are trademarks of VCON Telecommunications
 Ltd.  All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective
 companies.
 
      * Karyo - Cell nucleus; pertaining to the nucleus.
 
      Supplement to Press Release - Karyo Member Quotes
 
      Activate (activate.com)
 
     "Streaming media is rapidly growing as an effective and cost efficient
 communications tool within all industries and organizations," states Stew
 Chapin, senior vice president marketing.  "By joining Karyo, Activate is
 extending our market to service providers by offering a high demand
 application that fits perfectly into the hosted video services model.
 Activate currently has close working relationships with Karyo members, such as
 V-SPAN, and we look forward to increasing our offerings with the members of
 this group."
 
      Company Contacts:
      Frank Kemery, VP Product Marketing, Activate - 206-830-5316
      Jennifer Roth, Marketing Communications Director, Activate - 206-830-5329
 
      MegaPath (megapath.net)
 
     "MegaPath is pleased to work with VCON's Karyo initiative to offer
 solution providers a powerful, stable Internet connection for their video
 applications," states Dan Foster, chief sales and marketing officer.  "We are
 confident that MegaPath's top customer ratings for sales, reliability,
 technical support, services, and value will contribute to enabling VCON's
 service providers access to a quality turn-key solution."
 
      Company Contact:
      Mary Khoury, Public Relations Manager, MegaPath - 925-201-2535
 
      RADVISION (radvision.com)
 
     "As champions of industry standards, RADVISION has a long history of
 working with industry partners to deliver interoperable solutions," said Dr.
 Michelle Blank, vice president of galactic marketing for RADVISION.  "The
 focus of the Karyo initiative on providing end-to-edge solutions is key to
 facilitate broad-based adoption of IP-centric conferencing."
 
      Company Contact:
      Sandra Fathi, Director of Corporate Communications, RADVISION
 201-529-4300 x 301
 
      V-SPAN (vspan.com)
 
     "V-SPAN is excited to be the only multimedia conferencing service provider
 used by VCON.  We feel we can provide value added services through reseller
 channels to the end user," said Robert Mason, vice president of Business
 Development, V-SPAN.  "By bundling our services with VCON ViGO endpoints, the
 Karyo initiative provides a complete end-to-end solution for customers."
     "The V-SPAN suite of conferencing services matches any application for
 meetings, events and training," added Mason.  "V-SPAN enables customers to
 focus on their core business while enhancing enterprise communications and
 reducing travel costs."
 
      Company Contacts:
      Robert Mason, VP Business Development, V-SPAN - 610-382-4055
      Mark Evans, Director of Marketing, V-SPAN - 610-382-4086
 
      VTEL (vtel.com)
 
     "VTEL Solutions is committed to customer satisfaction.  It's our pleasure
 to deliver world-class support, rapid response times, and expert technical
 services to Karyo participants," said David Turnbull, senior vice president,
 VTEL Solutions.  "Through the Karyo initiative, these companies now can
 benefit from the industry's leading service organization."
 
      Company Contact:
      Rebecca Allmon, Public Relations Manager, VTEL - 512-437-2734
 
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SOURCE VCON
    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- VCON, a
 leader in comprehensive networked video over IP solutions, today announced
 that it is accelerating the hosted IP video market for service providers and
 broadband IP carriers throughout North America by bringing together industry
 experts to form its Karyo(TM) initiative.  VCON created Karyo to target the
 diverse service provider market offering a comprehensive solution for the
 deployment of IP video networks that includes interactive videoconferencing
 hardware, software and services.  Industry specialists currently joining VCON
 as Karyo members are Activate, MegaPath, RADVISION, V-SPAN and VTEL Solutions.
     "As Internet and application service providers struggle to differentiate
 their offerings from competitors, interactive and streaming video stand out as
 high demand applications that companies and organizations of all sizes can
 choose to outsource," states Roopam Jain, industry analyst at Frost &
 Sullivan.  "Karyo will make it easier for service providers to purchase a
 total solution and to gain the expertise they would require to deploy a
 specialty application such as video."
     The lack of quality bandwidth, the critical need for video network
 management tools and the absence of a turn-key solution have prohibited many
 carriers and service providers from leveraging existing market opportunities
 for outsourced video applications.  VCON's Karyo initiative combines leading
 technology and services from the member companies to provide a comprehensive
 solution for high quality video over IP and includes the following components:
 
     VCON - will provide its award-winning desktop and group videoconferencing
 endpoints and its recently announced Media Xchange Manager(TM) (MXM) systems
 management tool.  MXM is critical to the success of hosted video networks
 because it provides centralized management for multi-vendor platforms and
 video telephony services that simplify making a video call for the users.
 
     Activate - an industry leader in webcasting, offers end-to-end solutions
 that include content capture, encoding/production, content publishing and
 worldwide distribution.  Serving the enterprise and broadcast markets since
 1997, Activate can connect thousands of end points in a single session and
 provides the experience in large scale rollouts that the service provider
 market requires.
 
     MegaPath - a nationwide broadband services provider, is focused on
 providing DSL Internet connectivity and business solutions to small and
 medium-sized businesses, home offices, and telecommuters.  MegaPath will
 contribute to the Karyo initiative by providing the powerful, reliable, and
 secure Internet connectivity needed for video conferencing applications.
 MegaPath is in the top rank of business-class DSL service providers as
 reported by industry watch group www.DSLreports.com.
 
     RADVISION - is a leading provider of products and technology for real-time
 voice, video, and data communications over packet networks.  RADVISION offers
 the broadest set of networking systems needed to enable enterprises and
 service providers to migrate their traditional voice and video networks to new
 IP-centric ones.  RADVISION's networking products offered through the Karyo
 initiative include gateways, conferencing bridges, gatekeeper applications,
 and multi-function platforms for small, medium and large-scale networks.
 
     V-SPAN - offers a full suite of conferencing services including IP and
 ISDN gateway connectivity, webconferencing, audioconferencing and streaming.
 Through a portal powered by V-SPAN, Karyo service providers gain access to
 V-SPAN IP videoconferencing services.  Reservation-less web, audio and IP
 conferencing from V-SPAN will allow service providers to offer their customers
 the flexibility to create their own 'ad hoc' meetings.
 
     VTEL Solutions - is an expansive field service organization that will
 provide service providers throughout North America with turnkey video network
 consulting, installation, technical support and maintenance services on VCON's
 hardware and software solutions.
 
     "VCON recognized that carriers and service providers require ease of doing
 business when they are deploying complex applications such as video," states
 Gordon Daugherty, VCON senior vice president of Global Marketing & Strategy.
 "By coordinating all the pieces that go into creating a successful hosted
 video market, Karyo offers service providers the flexibility to tailor their
 video requirements to a variety of ASP or ISP business models."
     Karyo will continue to add new technologies and services based on
 alignment and integration with the current set of offerings.  Karyo will also
 work with its member companies to develop an initial specification for
 possible joint technology development in order to bring the various
 technologies and services even closer together.  In all cases, the Karyo
 initiative will revolve around open standards and interoperability.
     A Karyo web site, www.vcon.com/karyo, is currently available and will
 include information on member offerings as they become available.
 
     About VCON
     VCON is a developer and manufacturer of a comprehensive range of networked
 video over IP solutions.  VCON provides award-winning products with a high
 quality of service (QoS) over enterprise IP networks and is the only company
 to offer centralized management and administration for multi-vendor IP video
 networks.  The company also offers complete meeting solutions for desktop,
 compact, and group conferencing over ISDN, ATM, satellite, xDSL and other
 carriers.  The company markets its products and services through a network of
 reseller partners, OEMs, and value-added resellers worldwide.  Headquartered
 in Israel, VCON holds subsidiaries in the United States with offices in the
 Americas (Austin, Chicago, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Jose, Atlanta, Denver,
 Washington, DC and Mexico City), Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom and
 China.  VCON (Sicovam No. 022021) is publicly traded on Le Nouveau Marche.
 For additional information, visit www.vcon.com.
 
     Media Xchange Manager and Karyo are trademarks of VCON Telecommunications
 Ltd.  All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective
 companies.
 
      * Karyo - Cell nucleus; pertaining to the nucleus.
 
      Supplement to Press Release - Karyo Member Quotes
 
      Activate (activate.com)
 
     "Streaming media is rapidly growing as an effective and cost efficient
 communications tool within all industries and organizations," states Stew
 Chapin, senior vice president marketing.  "By joining Karyo, Activate is
 extending our market to service providers by offering a high demand
 application that fits perfectly into the hosted video services model.
 Activate currently has close working relationships with Karyo members, such as
 V-SPAN, and we look forward to increasing our offerings with the members of
 this group."
 
      Company Contacts:
      Frank Kemery, VP Product Marketing, Activate - 206-830-5316
      Jennifer Roth, Marketing Communications Director, Activate - 206-830-5329
 
      MegaPath (megapath.net)
 
     "MegaPath is pleased to work with VCON's Karyo initiative to offer
 solution providers a powerful, stable Internet connection for their video
 applications," states Dan Foster, chief sales and marketing officer.  "We are
 confident that MegaPath's top customer ratings for sales, reliability,
 technical support, services, and value will contribute to enabling VCON's
 service providers access to a quality turn-key solution."
 
      Company Contact:
      Mary Khoury, Public Relations Manager, MegaPath - 925-201-2535
 
      RADVISION (radvision.com)
 
     "As champions of industry standards, RADVISION has a long history of
 working with industry partners to deliver interoperable solutions," said Dr.
 Michelle Blank, vice president of galactic marketing for RADVISION.  "The
 focus of the Karyo initiative on providing end-to-edge solutions is key to
 facilitate broad-based adoption of IP-centric conferencing."
 
      Company Contact:
      Sandra Fathi, Director of Corporate Communications, RADVISION
 201-529-4300 x 301
 
      V-SPAN (vspan.com)
 
     "V-SPAN is excited to be the only multimedia conferencing service provider
 used by VCON.  We feel we can provide value added services through reseller
 channels to the end user," said Robert Mason, vice president of Business
 Development, V-SPAN.  "By bundling our services with VCON ViGO endpoints, the
 Karyo initiative provides a complete end-to-end solution for customers."
     "The V-SPAN suite of conferencing services matches any application for
 meetings, events and training," added Mason.  "V-SPAN enables customers to
 focus on their core business while enhancing enterprise communications and
 reducing travel costs."
 
      Company Contacts:
      Robert Mason, VP Business Development, V-SPAN - 610-382-4055
      Mark Evans, Director of Marketing, V-SPAN - 610-382-4086
 
      VTEL (vtel.com)
 
     "VTEL Solutions is committed to customer satisfaction.  It's our pleasure
 to deliver world-class support, rapid response times, and expert technical
 services to Karyo participants," said David Turnbull, senior vice president,
 VTEL Solutions.  "Through the Karyo initiative, these companies now can
 benefit from the industry's leading service organization."
 
      Company Contact:
      Rebecca Allmon, Public Relations Manager, VTEL - 512-437-2734
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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